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Whimsy is so scared of thunderstorms and fireworks. ( thunder shirt doesn't work)

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Natural calm which is magnesium when stirred into my hot tea helps me. Magnesium is in the ingredients.
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Yes, it did help Pixel at one point IF I could get it into her. But the "chews" are big, and although many dogs seem to like them, Pixel refused to eat them willingly, and they were too big to force down her throat.

If something herbal works, of course, that's great. But I happened to be speaking to a vet friend recently who told me that there is a new medication out, specifically for dogs with loud noise phobias. My understanding is that you give it when you expect problems (like knowing a thunderstorm or fireworks is coming) so it's not something the dog takes all the time. Might be worth a try if the herbal stuff doesn't cut it.


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I think I will give them a try. The people in my neighborhood blow off fire works the whole month of July it seems. My neighbors little dog got out of the backyard and ran away, scared to death, a couple of years ago on the 4th. I felt so bad. They had flyers and posters all over the surrounding area. He was finally found the next evening by some caring person and they brought him back home to the owners. I can't imagine how scared that little guy was during the night. He was found about a mile away from home. He crossed a very busy street also...one lucky dog. The owners were so distraught as we all can imagine.
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yes there are a number of drugs but see your vet.

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But I happened to be speaking to a vet friend recently who told me that there is a new medication out, specifically for dogs with loud noise phobias. My understanding is that you give it when you expect problems (like knowing a thunderstorm or fireworks is coming) so it's not something the dog takes all the time. Might be worth a try if the herbal stuff doesn't cut it.
Herbal remedies don't help Tucker in the least, neither does the Thunder Shirt, though it did help the first year he started reacting.

Karen, what is the name of this drug your vet mentioned? I have gotten Sileo for Tucker, and it does help significantly. It is strong, a type of anesthetic, which I hate to use--but it is that or wait for him to have a heart attack or stroke during thunderstorms or fireworks.

It is terrifying to see him shake and pant so very hard. This Sileo kind of sedates him and he dozes.

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noise phobias are highly individualistic and ideally are handled by a vet behaviorist. Here is some info on this but a regular vet is probably one's only option. 3 pages
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yes there are a number of drugs but see your vet.
I don't think any but the herbal remedies (which are VERY mild) are available without prescription anyway.


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Herbal remedies don't help Tucker in the least, neither does the Thunder Shirt, though it did help the first year he started reacting.

Karen, what is the name of this drug your vet mentioned? I have gotten Sileo for Tucker, and it does help significantly. It is strong, a type of anesthetic, which I hate to use--but it is that or wait for him to have a heart attack or stroke during thunderstorms or fireworks.

It is terrifying to see him shake and pant so very hard. This Sileo kind of sedates him and he dozes.
We never got to the name of it... She just mentioned that it was new. She sees Pixel in training, and has seen that, at times, particularly in the past, she can get frightened and shut-down by sudden, loud noises. But in her case, they are more environmental, and gentle exposure plus "putting a cookie on it" seem to be getting her more and more able to cope with surprises. She will still startle, but goes right back to work now. Because her problem is not something predictable like thunderstorms or fireworks, we decided it wouldn't even be worth trying with her.

...AND she's doing so much better that last week, while there is a trick class going on in the other room, someone had something like the "Staples button" that made a loud, mechanical "BOING!!!" noise every time one of the dogs stepped on it. There was a time that that would have been the end of class. She started when she heard the noise, turned RIGHT back to Dave and went right back to work with her tail wagging.

Kodi is my "Fire Works" dog (though fortunately, he doesn't mind thunder at all) and I think it's more common with dogs who are several years old. He has solved his own problem. The first year he had trouble, we weren't expecting it, and he was miserable the night of 4th of July. The next year, I did give him some of that herbal stuff, though I'm not sure how much it helped. Then I took him up in our room with the door and windows shut, AC and TV on, and we spent the evening together in bed. He liked that. Now, at the first sign of fireworks, he goes up and climbs down under the covers to the VERY foot of the bed. I get in with him, and he shows every sign of being comfortable and relaxed in his cosy nest.
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I hope that continues with both Kodi and Pixel, Karen.

Yes, Tucker didn't start it until he was around 4 years old. And, I find it odd, because he was raised nearby a Navy airfield, and there were occasional jet fly-overs that were so loud, if you were outside your lungs would vibrate. Never bothered him in the least.

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